It’s a done deal: Renee Foose named Howard County School Superintendent (Salman Hashmi)

On April 26, 2012, the Howard County Board of Education unanimously named Renee Foose as the new school superintendent. Foose signed a four year deal that will pay her $250,000 annually. Foose is replacing current superintendent Sydney Cousin, who is expected to retire July 1, 2012 because of illness.

Foose will bring her experience in the Baltimore County and Montgomery County School Systems when she becomes the new superintendent. Previous positions held have been the current Baltimore county deputy superintendent that she has held for the last one year, and Montgomery county director of school performance, director of shared accountability and associate superintendent.

Last Day of School Decided (Zack Newman)

The incredible amount of speculation as to whether or not Superintendent Sydney Cousins would apply for  the previous last day of school, June 11, 2012 to be waived has ended. The last day of school will be Friday, June 8. A make-up day was initially decided to take place in order to get in the state mandated 180 days of school, but due to hurricane-like weather conditions on the would-be first day of school, all schools in the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) will end the 2011-2012 calendar year on June 8.

Check out the official press release below and be sure to check back with The Wingspan for further details.

The State Board of Education has approved Superintendent Sydney Cousin’s request for a waiver of the 180-day school year requirement for students.  As a result, the last day of school for HCPSS students will be Friday, June 8, 2012.

Schools were closed on the first scheduled day of the 2011-2012 school year due to hurricane conditions in the area.  The makeup day was scheduled for Monday, June 11.  With the waiver of that day, the last day of school will be June 8, as originally scheduled.

In addition, the Superintendent has recommended, and the Board of Education has given tentative approval, to a waiver of that same day for teachers and other 10-month school-based staff. The Board will confirm the decision with a formal vote at today’s Board meeting.

Centennial Eagles vs. Wilde Lake Wildcats Baseball (Salman Hashmi)

On Friday, April 20, 2012, the Centennial Eagles won against the Wilde Lake Wildcats 16-10. Starting pitcher Jerry Burgow lasted only one inning and gave up four earned runs. Pitcher Joe Eads came in and relieved Burgow, but he struggled in his one third of an inning giving up two earned runs. After Burgow and Eads struggled to get Wildcats hitters out, coach Ahearn called to Areian Vedadi to finish the game. Vedadi went five and two thirds innings and gave four runs. Centennial’s hitting picked up the struggling pitching. Pitcher Areian Vedadi also had a good day at the plate. Vedadi went 2-3, with a single, double, two walks, an RBI, and scored five runs. First basemen Garrett Kurz also had a good day at the plate going 2-4, with two home runs and six RBI’s. Third basemen Jared Lacey went 1-2 and hit a grand slam totaling for four RBI’s.  The Eagles hope to continue their winning ways versus the Mount Hebron Vikings on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

Centennial Eagles vs. Atholton Raiders Baseball (Salman Hashmi)

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, the Centennial Eagles lost against the Atholton Raiders 13-3. Starting pitcher Garrett Kurtz gave up seven earned runs, struggling to get Raiders hitters out. Third basemen Jared Lacey went 1-3, with a double and an RBI. The Centennial Eagles just could not hit and struggled against one of the top teams in Howard County. The Eagles will try to bounce back from a tough loss when they play against the Wilde Lake Wildcats on Friday, April 20, 2012.

UMCP Physics Olympics (Meghan Coble)

Centennial took 5th place in the Physics Olympics on April 21, 2012 at UMCP. Highlights of the competition include Centennial’s 1st place score in the Balance challenge and 2nd place achievement in the Temperature of Liquid Nitrogen challenge. Participating students included Julia Gao, Seung Lee, Sunny Lin, Sal Salehi, and Andreas Seas. Congratulations to the entire team!

A Day of Silence (Amy Myers)

Many events have taken place today on April 20th, including A Day of Silence. Though, many are still unsure of what this day represents. Students carried around a slip representing their support for the LGBT alliance and the movement to end bullying and discrimination against it. The mute mouths called attention to the problems active participators in LGBT alliance and the Gay-Straight alliance face everyday. Index cards were posted on walls, explaining individual’s anonymous reasoning for taking part in the silence, as well as a PA announcement discussing the importance of this event. Though A Day of Silence is designated for the LGBT community, it contributes to the bigger picture of destroying bullying, day by day, by opening ears and closing mouths.

TWLOHA (Amy Myers)

TWLOHA: (To Write Love On Her Arms) Wednesday, April 18 represented the suicide and depression awareness day where students wrote love on their arms, in place of self-harm.

Email your TWLOHA pictures to to see them in our album!

Picture 1: (Left to Right) Emily Moore, Sydney Auld, and Katie Hogan

Pictures 2 & 3: (Left to Right) Jade Hyunh, Rosie Amaro, Gabi Pisciotta

Picture 4: Amy Myers